Fifth project meeting @ Mediaset

MPAT had its fifth full project meeting at the premises of Mediaset in Milano.

grouppic2The primary goal of the meeting was to take the experiences from the first two application pilots and plan for the final improvements of MPAT (within the lifetime of the EU project) to support the next pilot phase in September.

While previous activities were primarily aimed at providing additional application features, this round of improvements strongly focusses on a better integration into the editorial day-to-day requirements of content creators in a broadcast environment. While the changes will be mostly transparent to viewers at home, they will make the work with MPAT easier and more efficient for the content creator by providing shortcuts, more powerful editing functions, faster application preview and the automatization of page updates.

MPAT on Digital Storytelling

In conjunction with TVX 2017 (https://tvx.acm.org/2017/) there will be a “Workshop on Interactive Storytelling in Broadcasting” (http://www.iet-multimedialabs.org/current-research/idb-workshop/).

SlideFlow_04One of the presenters and panelists on that workshop will be Nicolas Patz, who will talk about “Interactive Storytelling on HbbTV”. In his presentation he will use Band Camp Berlin application (created with MPAT) to demonstrate the use of the “Slide Flow” navigation model for providing a narrative flow in an HbbTV application, in this case telling about the making of a music video by a young pop band.

The workshop will be in Hilversum in the afternoon of June 14th, 2017.

Third public MPAT pilot live

From the outset of the project, it was essential that the MPAT tool would not just be used in the testing labs, but that pilots would take place in a broadcast environment under real production conditions.1

While the specifics of the pilots couldn’t be foreseen when the project was planned, as the project has no influence on broadcast schedules, the opportunity arose to have an early pilot providing an HbbTV application for the Band Camp Berlin series.

Band Camp Berlin is was a daily documentary soap, broadcast on KI.KA, Germany’s nationwide public service TV channel for children. It aired from 21 November to 22 December 2016. (It will be re-broadcast in Summer 2017) Five 17 year olds were cast to form a band, compose their own music, create their own style and take their newly-formed band on stage.

A supporting HbbTV application was created, which covered, showcased and tested a wide range of the features provided by MPAT, including a traditional “view previous episodes” and interview archive, a connected slide flow application sequentially guiding viewers through the stages of creating the band’s first mIMG_3383usic video (from the choice of the song, the planning and selection of their outfits, to setting up the stage, to the actual shoot of the music clip) and special features like a sing and play “karaoke” feature, as well as the first public 360° video playout for Smart TVs.)

Following the successful first pilot, rbb started a second pilot.

“Brandenburg Aktuell” is a daily regional magazine, produced and broadcast by rbb. It provides news and information about events in the state of Brandenburg. It was first broadcast on May, 2nd 1992.

For the 25th anniversary of the magazine, a special HbbTV application was launched, allowing viewers to watch supplementary video material, such as the first episode of “Brandenburg Aktuell”, behind the scenes videos and highlights from the 25 year run. The application was promoted as part of the regular magazine broadcast, providing a link between the TV programme and the additional material.

As an MPAT use case, it is a good example for the value of the MPAT tool. While a 25th anniversary of a regional magazine is a success for a broadcaster, it is usually not 2considered a significantly large event to justify the creation of a specific application. The comparatively low cost and low effort due to producing the application with MPAT enabled this.

In the third pilot rbb is testing a SmartTV application for  Täter – Opfer – Polizei (Culprit – Victim – Police), a magazine broadcast twice a week covering real crimes, including crime prevention advice and the police requests to the public for help in finding suspects and information about criminal activities. The application which offers video clips and information from the TV program was launched on 24 May and will remain on air until early June. Following a summer hiatus the application will hopefully become a constant addition to the series when it returns in autumn.